City of Chicago drafting paperwork to sue Jussie Smollett

The refused to pay $130,000 in investigation costs

April 4, 2019
Actor Jussie Smollett after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

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If you thought the city of Chicago's on-going conflict with Empire actor Jussie Smollett were slowling down, today proves that no end is in sight.

After the charges were dropped against Jussie Smollett in mid-March, much to the displeasure of Chicagoans, the Chicago Police Department & Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, reports of the city requesting payment for the investigation ($130,000) began to break. 

Jussie Smollett failed to pay up to the city of Chicago today and in response the city is now in the process of getting the paperwork together to sue him.

The city released a statement through Bill McCaffrey, City of Chicago Department of Law, stating:

"Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019.  The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook Country.  Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett’s Los Angeles-based legal team.

The Law Department will file the suit in the near future.  As part of this legal action, the Law Department will pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance.

The City of Chicago and Chicago Law Department will not have any further comment at this time."